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US WWII (Ames 1944) Folding Shovel
02-27-2012, 11:19 AM
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I've never thought that my WWII folding shovel will see much real use, besides being lugged in a car trunk and occasionally shown to my friends. I've bought it from an Army surplus depot for a very modest price (around 1.5 EUR). It was manufactured by Ames in 1944 and today it's a very common version, so I've decided to leave its historic value behind and put it to new civilan use. I've removed the old OD paint, done some rustproofing with Oikos water-based rust converter, resprayed the blade matt black and soaked the wooden handle with fast drying linseed oil several times (using a propane burner to accelerate the process).

This winter has been unusually cold and snowy and I've used my folding shovel to remove snow and ice around a car (which was parked in an open parking lot, unfortunately). That was sometimes very hard and time-consuming work, but this sturdy tool never complained (I did, LOL) and it carried on with its duty like a true GI grunt. This is obviously not something you'd EDC on your person, but I'd recommend it as a necessary part of a car kit if you're venturing off-road or in a countryside.

A link to an USMF post depicting this type of folding shovel (entrenching tool)

I'll post some pics if I manage to take them properly.

Cheers,

Tam

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02-29-2012, 02:04 AM
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I've been looking for one of those for a while. I would defiantly recommend them for a vehicle EDC. I just havnt had the time to travel to an army surplus store which is about 4 hrs away... Lol one day...

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